El Niño Summer Expected For The Northland
Summer is finally near in the Twin Ports. Despite it being mid to late May, the area has only had a handful of really warm days, like the kind where you can truly feel the sun beating down on your face. For this reason, it is safe to say we are all really looking forward to summer.
While I can't wait for summer to finally arrive, I was a little bit bummed out when the Weather Channel released their summer outlook. Things vary from region to region but overall, they share that we could be looking at the one of the coolest summers in years.
How long has it been since we've seen a summer categorized as cool? The last time would be 2017, according to their report. Their forecast cites the "onset of El Niño" which would mean a cool and wet summer, especially compared to last year and most notably at the start of the summer season.
The good news? If things don't shift by the time summer nears, we may be safe from this "cool" summer. It is also good to keep in mind that this might not mean we will all be shivering. It just means we won't be as warm as summers past or as warm as an average summer in certain parts of the country.
Northern Minnesota + Wisconsin: June 2023 To August 2023 Forecast
If we do see a cooler summer than usual, it will likely be around June. However, for our region, we can expect near-average to slightly warmer-than-average temperatures. This covers all of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The July outlook is the same for our neck of the woods.
In August, we will see things shift to the warmer end, where parts of both Minnesota and Wisconsin really heat up, with above-average temperatures expected. This does include a small part of northern Minnesota near Duluth and parts of northwest Wisconsin as well.